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Grateful Dead — Jack Straw
Album: What A Long Strange Trip It's Been
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Released: 1977
Length: 4:45
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We can share the women, we can share the wine.
We can share what we got of yours 'cause we done shared all of mine.
Keep on rollin', just a mile to go;
Keep on rollin' my old buddy, you're movin' much too slow.

I just jumped the watchman, right outside the fence.
Took his rings, four bucks in change, ain't that Heaven sent?
Hurts my ears to listen, Shannon, burns my eyes to see;
Cut down a man in cold blood, Shannon, might as well been me.

We used to play for silver, now we play for life;
And one's for sport and one's for blood at the point of a knife.
And now the die is shaken, now the die must fall.
There ain't a winner in the game, he don't go home with all.
Not with all.

Leavin' Texas, fourth day of July,
Sun so hot, the clouds so low, the eagles filled the sky.
Catch the Detroit Lightnin' out of Sante Fe,
The Great Northern out of Cheyenne, from sea to shining sea.

Gotta go to Tulsa, first train we can ride.
Gotta settle one old score, one small point of pride.
There ain't a place a man can hide, Shannon will keep him from the sun
Ain't a bed can give us rest now, you keep us on the run.

Jack Straw from Wichita cut his buddy down,
And dug for him a shallow grave and laid his body down.
Half a mile from Tucson, by the morning light,
One man gone and another to go, my old buddy you're moving much too slow.

We can share the women, we can share the wine.
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 Jack_Straw wrote:
Please play Jack Straw!

Never could get past that opening line. My least favorite Hunter lyric by far.

A great opening Jack Straw complete with great noodlin start surprise;) ;  Grateful Dead~ "Jack Straw" Oakland Stadium 07-24-87.
"Been a DH since "75, saw many concerts and heard all the music. Conclusions: Best, most talented rocknroll band ever and Jerry the best improv lead guitarist ever. Genius biz men who gave away content for free by letting concerts be recorded w no hassles. Also Jerry leads the band and although Bob stands up front nothing changes unless Jerry leads. And they love to "noodle" before songs and tune up. The challenge was always trying to guess the next song by listening to the noodles...."   mattsully404

Please play Jack Straw!
Another spectacular song from the band to end all bands. If you can\'t understand the Dead\'s music, you probably never will, so please resort to criticizing them like everyone else....the Dead don\'t mind, and the fans certainly don\'t. RP...PLEASE PLAY MORE DEAD!